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  • There’s No Time Like the Present to Consider the Future

    A sound strategic plan is the equivalent of having a north star for your learning institution: whenever you’re in need of direction, you look up and remind yourself where you’re going. But developing strategy is often a struggle: you and your committee may feel as though they’re upsetting the natural order of things, unearthing concerns, ideas, and histories that are complicated, ambiguous, even divisive. This…

  • Using Design and Storytelling to Foster a Creative Culture

    We recently had the privilege of visiting our friend Garreth Heidt, a high school English teacher who champions design thinking, project based learning, and student guided inquiry. Garreth currently runs two design classes of note: Design-Lab, a class at Perkiomen Valley High School, and the Extraordinaires Design Club at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East. In Garreth’s classes, creativity, honesty, and respect are…

  • Winter Design Thinking for Educators Course @ UArts

      PlusUs principal Phil Holcombe is facilitating a course through The University of the Arts Professional Institute of Educators called “Design Thinking for Educators”. The course description is below: Gain a thorough understanding of Design Thinking, a human-centered approach that has transformed the way that organizations work. Explore how Design Thinking can be used to…

  • Art and Design Are Indeed Different, But Not Opposites

    I recently attended a conference where a presenter discussed the relationship between art and design in K-12 education in an effort to determine how to better integrate design at the K-12 level. Making the case for design education in schools naturally raises the question “What is good design?”, and “How is a design education different…

  • All Educators Need a Toolbox

    When I set out to build something I bring my toolbox, because one tool does not work for all tasks. There are a few exceptions to this. Small projects, like greasing a hinge, or tightening a door knob, may only require that I bring a single tool. Small projects, by definition, are completed quickly. Educating…

  • Phil Holcombe Speaks at Learn x Design 2016

    On Saturday June 25th, PlusUs principal and UArts faculty member spoke at LearnxDesign 2016, a conference on design education at the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, Delaware. He discussed the value of community partnerships in learning with Charter High School for Architecture and Design teacher Rob Melville.